“We expect the collector’s office to hand over the land in a month’s time,” said MMRDA officials working on the project. They said the temple will not need to be shifted, only a part of the premises will have to move. Mumbai Metro’s first line on Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar is being built by a special purpose vehicle – Mumbai Metro One – owned by Reliance Infra, the MMRDA and a French multinational, Veolia.
As of now, the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) is constructing the steel bridge by using pre-cast concrete segments in which a number of small segments are cast between two pillars. The Western Railway has agreed to provide blocks of about two to four hours per day for the construction work.
First it was December 2010, then June 2011 and now the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) claims that Mumbaiites will be able to ride in the metro in March 2012. It comes with a rider though. Only 3 km of the 11.07-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro line is expected to be complete by March next year.
In all likelihood, Mumbai’s first metro route running between Versova and Ghatkopar via Andheri will be opened partially due to issues related to Right Of Way. The Reliance Infrastructure led consortium (Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd or MMOPL) has made it clear in a presentation, which will be shown to chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad on Friday.
Will an elevated metro running with a pantograph and other Over Head Equipment (OHE) pose a threat to commuters in the trains as well as to motorists plying under it? If the officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) are to be believed, then the threat is very much real.